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Media Release: Australia China Business Council WA Honorary Awards 2017

16 October 2017

PERTH: The Australia China Business Council in Western Australia (ACBC WA) is pleased to announce one recipient of the ACBC WA Honorary Awards Program for 2017. The Honorary Awards Program was established in 2016 as an initiative of the ACBC WA Executive Committee and has been established to recognise outstanding and sustained service to the organisation and the Western Australia-China relationship.  
This prestigious program was created because exceptional individuals that contribute to the Western Australia and China trade, investment and cultural relationship deserve to be recognised. 
The Honorary Award Program has two categories:
Category 1: Outstanding and sustained service to ACBC WA
This category recognises an individual resident (in Western Australia) who is an ACBC member (across any membership category or a retired member) who has significantly contributed to the development and achievement of the ACBC’s objectives in Western Australia
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Category 2: Outstanding and sustained service to the Western Australia–China Relationship
This category recognises an individual (member or non-member of ACBC WA) who has significantly contributed to advancing the important Western Australia-China relationship. This individual may or may not be a resident of Western Australia.
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The recipient of the category award for outstanding and sustained service to ACBC WA was Ms Tracey Lim. This award was announced and presented by The Hon Mark McGowan, Premier of Western Australia at the ACBC WA and Chinese Chamber of Commerce Australia (CCCA) China National Day Celebration Cocktail Reception held last night at Government House. 
Ms Lim has been involved in ACBC WA for over 10 years.  The Committee acknowledges Tracey’s sustained commitment including her time and expertise supporting the Executive Committee and long-term membership of the Council’s Education and Tourism Committee of which Tracey now Chairs. 
Cultural understanding and education are critical aspects of a sustained relationship between Western Australia and China and Tracey’s work in this area has played a crucial link between the wider community, industry, universities and the State Government.
As Chair of the Education and Tourism Committee, Tracey has led a small team providing a voice on education matters relevant to China and WA, has created a platform to promote education institutions and businesses looking to link with China and critically raised the profile of Chinese language and intercultural skills in education and other key sectors such as resources, agriculture and tourism.
Tracey is a passionate advocate for more Australians, and particularly Western Australians, to gain better business engagement skills and appreciate cross-cultural issues in developing business with China.  In her various roles, Tracey had undertaken an extensive range of initiatives including dialogue between the State Government and schools in WA to encourage and support them offering Chinese language in the Curriculum, improving small business understanding of the Chinese market, initiated the “Get Asian Smart” lunchtime program in the former WA Department of State Development and actively promoted the delivery of a Cross-Cultural Masterclass for the Northwest Shelf Project and various State and Federal Departments.
In her work as Manager of the Australian China Natural Gas Technology Partnership Fund since 2008, more than 300 Chinese Oil and Gas managers have been trained in WA and learnt about Australian business systems and the Australian Oil and Gas industry.  
Tracey’s attributes her passion and energy for improving, promoting and developing Australian-Asian relations and understanding, in particular with China, to her late father Dr George Lim, who advised her in the 1980s to take up the study of Chinese language and culture.
Adam Handley, President ACBC WA said Tracey’s award recognised her sustained and proactive service and also the importance of cultural understanding through language and education and how critical this is to the long-term success of the relationship between Western Australia and China. 
“The ACBC in Western Australia is indebted to all the business executives who volunteer their time as part of our Executive Committee and various committees and it is a pleasure, via this award, to recognise the reach and influence of Tracey’s important advocacy work,” said Adam. 
For further information please contact:
Adam Handley
President, ACBC WA
0478 486 825